Monthly Archives: February 2016

No sleep, no name, new car

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times to describe a great night of sleep: “I slept like a baby.” HA! I’ll admit, we’ve been fortunate—both boys are pretty good sleepers and have been since they were born. … Continue reading

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Snapping photos, making memories

We spent a full year trying to get pregnant, and it finally happened (!) on July 16, 2014. We were the happiest. And you know what we decided to do? Record the pregnancy and the new baby with a 365-photo … Continue reading

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Labor day jitters: The birth of Lucy

I brought the crew and my grandma to my scheduled 38-week ultrasound. My belly was measuring small, as it did during my previous pregnancies. The ultrasound showed a perfect head with ventricles, a four chambered heart and normal amniotic fluid level … Continue reading

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General Public Ring Sling

“No thanks, I do not want a convenient, comfortable and safe way to carry my baby while doing other things.” —Momus Noexistus (Latin for No Mom Ever) Unless you have a staff of baby wranglers or a fleet of professional stuff-doers, … Continue reading

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Week 33: Pack it up

Last week, I visited my doctor’s office for my 32-week appointment. It was my last monthly appointment before I start going every two weeks (eek!). During the visit, we happened to start talking about birth plans. We chatted about delayed … Continue reading

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On breastfeeding

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of February. My baby boy is no longer a newborn and hasn’t been one for sometime now, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that in less … Continue reading

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Week 21: Sew it begins

It’s amazing how pregnancy changes you. The physical changes are expected, and moms assure you the maternal instincts will come—but I’ve experienced additional changes of self-discovery as a result of becoming pregnant. Naturally, I didn’t view my world the same … Continue reading

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A swift delivery: The birth of Arya Marilyn

I asked to be induced early throughout my pregnancy … this was my third child, and my son had been 9 pounds, 13 ounces at 41 weeks. But every time I went to the doctor, I was told that they could not induce … Continue reading

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Germs, germs everywhere

There’s a blizzard swirling right around outside our window, and we’re watching the flakes shimmer and dance as we fall asleep. I piled all the blankets in the house onto the living room floor, and we’re snuggling-in and camping-out. It’s … Continue reading

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Cooking for a crowd

I’m the resident chef in our home. And let me tell you something else: It’s impossible to appease everyone. The only two people who eat our nightly meal without fail are L and me. After all, we’re the ones who decide what’s … Continue reading

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Week 32: So much to do!

If you, lovely readers, read my Week 31 post, you already know I experienced an unexpected trip to L&D last week as a result of a nasty stomach issue. My visit (and the time I spent lying in the hospital bed … Continue reading

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Win one of three FeverFrida the iThermonitors from Fridababy!

Fridababy is giving away a FeverFrida the iThermonitor to three lucky readers!

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Valentine’s Day sniffles

It seems as though round two of sniffles has attacked our entire household. Anaïs came home from school with a cough, which prompted me to stock up on antioxidant rich foods to try to nip any illnesses in the bud. … Continue reading

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Week 20: Cute or nah?

There is one phrase everyone likes to say to a pregnant woman, usually out of politeness or nervousness of not knowing how to interact with a human growing another human—because it’s a tad alien to some, I guess. This phrase … Continue reading

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Becoming a mother

As we approach baby Graham’s first birthday this week, I’ve been thinking about all the ways he’s changed and grown over the past 365 days. And then it occurred to me to think of how I’ve changed as well. Transitioning … Continue reading

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Week 40: The one where I’ve been pregnant for 10 months

Forty weeks … because apparently I don’t know how to NOT be pregnant. I can’t say I’m surprised that I’m still pregnant. But yet part of me couldn’t help but hope that I wouldn’t go passed my due date this time. … Continue reading

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Little lady in a hurry: The birth of Elisabeth

On September 11, I finished up my work and logged off around 5 p.m. I was working from home and planned to work right up until I gave birth (unless my OB suggested otherwise), and I remember logging off that day … Continue reading

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Date night on the double

Should we sneak away? No, no—don’t do that. Let’s give kisses and chat merrily as we inch toward the door. You know, a casual approach? Got it. Kisses hit cheeks—one, two and then an extra three from me—and we back … Continue reading

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Stay-at-home-dad again

Even though I work during the day, there are still days where I tell the nanny she can have a day off because school is closed. These are the days I cherish. The entire family will be together every day … Continue reading

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Week 31: Unexpected preview trip

Ah, week 31. It shall forever live in infamy as the week of the stomach bug. Or the food poisoning. Either way, it will live forever as the week I got to take a sneak peek at what my life will … Continue reading

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Break through

You guys, it finally happened! After weeks (or maybe months?) of drooling, gnawing and gnashing, sleepless nights and helpless cries, Akira finally cut a tooth! That’s right—a single, tiny first tooth has broken through his lower gums, and we are … Continue reading

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Week 19: The week I started to forget—everything

Upon finding out I was pregnant, I started thinking about the clichés and supposed symptoms of bodily changes I would possibly endure. Admittedly, I was a naysayer of things like cravings and the “eating for two” mentality. I believed it … Continue reading

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Week 39: The one with all the progress (and also no progress at all)

Thirty-nine weeks. No progress. My doctor’s appointments are weekly now, and last week confirmed that there’s been no progress made towards this baby’s exit. I can’t say I’m surprised.   People keep asking if I’m still working. The answer is yes. … Continue reading

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A drive-thru getaway

Bring the bubbly, fluff the pillows and draw the drapes: I’ll read The Skimm while I nosh blackberry crepes and read Yelp reviews for Barrio (fusion tacos), Barbettte (classic French), and Piccolo (Italian small plates). No concern for time, I’ll … Continue reading

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Main squeeze: The birth of Rocco

I remember when I said I couldn’t possibly love another baby as much as I love Maya. Well, I’ve never been so happy to be wrong. My heart just massively exploded and is oozing love, pride, and all that ‘head over heels’ … Continue reading

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Sympathy weight and a pregnancy update

It’s a new year, and with each new year comes resolutions. Resolutions, it seems, can only be made on/around January 1st. I’m no different—I told myself I’d begin with my kettlebell workouts again. Yup, one resolution, that happens to be … Continue reading

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Week 30: How can I possibly be this tired?

I’m currently sitting at home in Omaha and enjoying one of the blessed little treats that are occasionally awarded to us teachers—our very first snow day! Since the school districts called off school yesterday around 2 p.m., I had a … Continue reading

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It’s a win-win from Evenflo!

Enter here to win both the Evenflo ADVANCED SensorSafe™ Embrace™ DLX carseat plus the World Explorer ExerSaucer!

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Chatterbox

In what seems like a few short months, Akira has not only grown exponentially in physical size, but I also feel like his personality has really started to shine through. He loves laughing and rolling over. He coos and observes. … Continue reading

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Evenflo Platinum INVIGOR8

We are in LOVE with our Evenflo Platinum INVIGOR8! It is super easy to maneuver and very lightweight. It can support passengers up to 50 pounds, and up to 38 inches tall. (Only children who can sit unassisted can use … Continue reading

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Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear Jogger

When we received our Baby Trend Manta Snap Gear Jogger we were so excited! The manual was easy to use and assembly was very quick. There were no tools required—our tires came inflated in the box, but the manual indicated that … Continue reading

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Orbit Baby O2 Stroller Base and G3 Stroller Seat

I’ve eyed the Orbit Baby strollers from afar since I first started looking at strollers about five years ago. It’s at the top end of strollers, and I wanted to know what all the hype was about. Well, I happily … Continue reading

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Kolcraft Sprint Pro Jogging Stroller

When we got the Kolcraft Sprint Pro Jogging Stroller in the mail, it took me all of 30 seconds to get the scissors and tear open the box. My husband and I were so excited it had arrived! We have … Continue reading

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From baby to boy

What a week it has been! Within the past seven days, Graham has said a couple of words, started walking and gotten his first haircut. I’m proud and sad at the same time—I don’t know whether to laugh or cry or … Continue reading

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Week 18: Almost halfway to baby!

Hi! I’m Lauren. I am almost 19 weeks pregnant with my first baby. My husband (his name is Matt) and I are thrilled, but it certainly took time to process this change! Time is flying by, so allow me to … Continue reading

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Enter to win a phonics DVD from NCircle!

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Best buds

Clue her in You’ve both endured hangovers and breakups, and you learned from experience how to get each other through them. If your longtime gal pal hasn’t been pregnant or perpetually sleep-deprived, though, she may have a hard time knowing … Continue reading

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That’s about the size of it

Keeping tabs on your girth growth does more than clue you in to how much your wee one is changing inside you. The size of a mom-to-be’s bump can also predict troubles beneath the surface, such as slow fetal growth … Continue reading

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Week 38: The one where I’m still crazy

Thirty-eight weeks. Still pregnant. Still crazy. People keep asking me how I’m doing. Well, last week I gave the finger to a school bus. So that should tell you everything you need to know. My husband emailed me last week and … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Sound sleep tips

What are some things my partner and I can do at home to help our baby sleep soundly sooner? A: In my work with countless parents, I have seen that when baby doesn’t sleep, it is more challenging for them … Continue reading

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Ask the Experts: Teething timeline

Q: I think my 4-month-old daughter is in the beginning stages of teething. How can I be sure? A: Teething is the natural process of tooth eruption in babies. Symptoms usually begin about two to five days before a tooth … Continue reading

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First-timer’s primer on childbirth

This is really embarrassing to admit, but before I actually had my first baby, I didn’t fully understand what went on down there during delivery. I mean, I felt like I grasped the gist of it, but I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Febuary 2016—Kiinde giveaway

Keep it simple One lucky mom will win a Kiinde Twist Gift Set, so she can pump, store, organize, warm and serve her breast milk in a single pouch

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Cactus collection

a. Savvie Studio phone case kit, $40 I’m digging this fun little DIY project for my iPhone. —Lacey, Editor in Chief b. Illume bar soap, $12 Sneak in a momentary escape to the desert—without all that pesky sand. —Ginny, Contributing Editor c. Ahava … Continue reading

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The best laid plans

In 2012, I waddled around the halls of a sterile-but-friendly hospital on my highly anticipated birthplace tour. My husband and I proudly toted our birth plan and a list of questions, eager to gather information and piece together the puzzle of our … Continue reading

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Goodnight gear

1. A playful mobile to keep sleepyheads content. Yume twig mobile, $68, acorntoyshop.com 2. Hitting the hay is a hoot with starry skies and gentle melodies. Skip Hop light and sound machine, $40 3. A bedtime story you won’t tire … Continue reading

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Camera-ready

1. All in the bed Pile onto mom’s bed for a laid-back first family portrait. 2. Sweet dreams  There’s something classically cute about those blue and pink blankets. Swaddle your newbie up, and grab the camera. 3. The look You’ve … Continue reading

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Monkey business

According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, today begins the Year of the Monkey. This nursery will be perfectly suited for your spunky, sweet girl—who, if she falls into true monkey character, will also be quick-witted, intelligent and just a wee … Continue reading

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Snow days

The East Coast finally got snow! Significant snow. Up where we live, we got around 6 inches of powder, which was perfect for sledding! I shoveled—with the help of N—the first two inches or so before it got dark. His help consisted … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams, Max

You cried big wet noisy tears when you woke from your nap today. You were disappointed with yourself for sleeping when you coulda been exploring the laundry pile and chasing the dog and hiding behind the curtains. Little love? You’re … Continue reading

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